Thanks Kate. :-) I’ve long wanted to grow lavender and hadn’t thought to include it here. The soil is on the clay side but it has 23 years of mulch that will be tilled in, and our creek recently gifted us with a huge amount of sand that was left neatly piled on the bank after the last flooding rains. We have a Sarah crape myrtle sitting in a very large wood chip pile waiting for a home (two years she’s waited). She is about 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide now, and will look lovely in the position you suggest.
Margaret, viburnam’s sound perfect. Thank you! Do you think I could use three in the upper corner where the porch meets the house? How would you place them? Would you get all of one variety? I’m not familiar with the Stewartia tree, but it sounds lovely.
If I put the crape myrtle in the lower corner and the viburnums the upper, what to do with the middle? The brick is very dominating reaching 13 ft high on the lower end and 6 ft high on the porch end. There is siding above the brick. The crape myrtle will extend just a bit past the lower end of the house as the bed extends about 4 feet or so.
More questions: I love the herb garden idea but I want to keep the ground work (weeding) on this bed to a minimum—would large pots here and there work as well?
Boxwoods—I like the idea of them, especially the smaller variety but where would I put them? There is a nursery near that has such beautiful ones. I’d love to bring some home.
I have some Maximilian’s Sunflower that I’d like to incorporate if I can figure out how to work it in. Is there a spring/summer flowering something I could plant in with it? It is just the most wonderful plant, but it can look really ragged at the bottom. We’ve had it at least 15 years.
The orientation of things is troubling me with this bed. I think it’s just the drastic change, but I feel some excitement now towards the new possibilities. I can usually see so clearly what the final result will be…but not this time.
This is the very first time I’ve had any help in planning a bed. It feels much like an early and unexpected Christmas gift. Thank you both, sincerely. This is just one spot of several that we lost completely. If I can get it going right, I think the rest will fall into place. Thanks again.